As part of the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations, St John's Church, Egham will be hosting a Cream Tea and Concert on Sunday, June 3rd.
Keen chess-players are invited to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by a church member who aims to play 20 games simultaneously for charity.
Derek McGovern, of St John's Church, is using the competition to help raise funds for a new church centre. The event will take place at the church, in Manor Farm Lane, on Saturday June 9.
It occurred to me that I don't know of any successful business leaders, who would risk an £85bn structural change to their organisations, without a guaranteed outcome.
And yet this Government is planning to push through an £85bn NHS Reform Bill, supported by vague and untested plans and an unpublished 'Risk Register'.
I lost a huge amount of confidence in this Government's tactical and strategic capabilities, over the 'School Boy' errors associated with the Tuition Fees fiasco. And I haven't seen any blinding success stories to promote any confidence in them since.
My own view is that this Government lacks skill, expertise, capability and the experience, to deliver an £85bn NHS Reform Bill, without causing costly and irreparable damage.
Looking at a more recent Government lead NHS initiative, the £7,000,000,000 "NHS National Programme for IT" project was abandoned after it hit £23,000,000,000. This is £16,000,000,000 more than originally budgeted whilst the project was left unfinished.
I suspect those within the Department for Health are still fundamentally the same group of people who will deliver Mr Cameron's £85bn NHS Reform Bill, which unfortunately fills me with horror.
Project 2000 Nurses was yet another gargantuan mistake introduced by Conservatives in the early 1990's. More 'School Boy' errors left unmedicated to erode the Nursing Profession for over 10 years.
The NHS can be reformed but not by a lazy wave of an £85bn magic wand. As Gerry Robinson demonstrated in his BBC documentary "Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS?", it's a long frustrating uphill struggle but not unachievable.
Our current stock of Ministers are exceptionally well qualified in Politics but appear to lack all of the basic practical skills and experience needed to design and instigate a consultative and measured 'Gerry Robinson' style approach to NHS reform.
There are about 306 Conservative MPs and around 57 Liberal Democrat MPs in the House of Commons. For this Bill to succeed, it requires a majority backing. I think its high time these 363 MPs represented the views and interests of their Constituents over and above the interests of Self and Party. To this end, I would gladly see the Bill waved through if all those who supported and believed in it, pledged their worldly possessions and swore an oath to resign from their positions, parties and public life in the event of failure. This would focus their minds on perhaps the only risks they really care about. The Bill would instantly be declared DOA.
If you are going to gamble with our capital and our assets, there needs to be an incentive to get it right first time.
The NHS doesn't need more 'Competition' and privatisation by stealth; it needs the capability to deliver consistent 'Standards' of Healthcare. Get it right and the service delivery costs become both manageable and predictable.
TWINS from Virginia Water have been offered the opportunity to attend the prestigious Yale University in America.
Denis and Dasha Aven, 17, who are currently pupils at the sixth form at St George's College in Weybridge Road, Addlestone, are two of just 500 people to have been granted unconditional places to study next year.
Free childrens' summer activities will take place at The Hythe Centre Open Space on Wednesday, August 31, from 1pm until 3pm.
The event has been organised as part of Runnymede Council's ROAR activities for children aged five to 13 years.
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Older residents are being asked to volunteer for a research project at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Postdoctoral researcher Julie Gawrylowicz is undertaking the study into eye witnees reports from people more than 60 years old.
Participants would watch a short video clip about a criminal event, before being questioned about it during a face to face interview. Two sessions will take place 48hours apart and participants will receive a £10 fee for taking part.
To get involved call Miss Gawrylowicz on 01784 276548, or email: Julie.Gawrylowicz@rhul.ac.uk
An open morning is being held at The Manorcroft Nursery, Wesley Drive, on Saturday, May 21 from 10am until 12noon.
The morning is an opportunity for parents to come and view the facilities at the nursery, which looks after children up to the age of five.
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Today I was asked to sign an on-line 'Save Our Forests' petition, which has already collected 450,000 objections to the proposed government sell-off.
The Forestry Commission manage nearly a million hectares of National forest land and plant around 24 million trees every year. They sustainably harvest almost five million tonnes of wood every year from Britain's public forests. That's around 44 per cent of total domestic production or 300 truckloads every day, from which the revenue is used to offset the cost of woodland management.
So why would a 'Big Society' driven Conservative government focus on selling off our national woodlands? You can't build on a forest and you can't chop it down and sell-off all of the wood. Where is the value to the purchaser?
In may 2010, the Government introduced the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). A new form of Carbon Tax which requires some businesses to pay Â£12 / Tonne of CO2 they create. Soon all business will probably have to pay for the energy they uses and pay a separate Tax for the CO2 they create. No doubt that once the Carbon Tax gains traction, 1 Tonne of CO2 will rise to Â£18, then Â£24, etc, etc.
I think the real agenda behind the sell-off and privatisation of the nation's forests is to allow private enterprise to cash-in on the future Carbon Offset opportunities.
True Personal Carbon Taxation doesn't yet exist, so the value of a 100 - 300 year old protected mature forest is relatively low but the value of woodland in the future could well increase 100 fold, when it's introduced. Why sell any more woodland when the 'wodland market is low'?. Carbon Trading is already big business and set to grow.
It's also a bit tricky for government to introduce Personal Carbon Taxation when you currently have a stake in 1,000,000 hectares of woodland, funded from taxation.
Surely the 'Big Society' focussed government would seek to preserve your interests in the national carbon-offset assets, rather than sell them for private enterprise to exploit, when future legislation comes into force? Has Thatcher-ism returned?
Conservation volunteers will be undertaking maintenance at Butts Pond on Staines Moor on Sunday, February 6 at 10am.
The Egham & Staines Conservation Volunteers will join forces with Spelthorne Natural History Society to do the work at the SSSI site. Meet is at the end of Moor Lane.
For more details call Roy Gyngell on 01784 254904.
A BODY was found in a burned out car at a business address in Egham Hythe.
Fire crews from Egham, Staines and Sunbury were called the Veolia Water site in The Causeway, at around 3.20pm on Sunday, January 9.
The body of a man, believed to be in his fifties, was found in the vehicle, but was pronounced dead at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified.
Detectives from Surrey Police are continuing to make enquiries into this incident but at this stage the fire is not being treated as suspicious and there is no suggestion of any third party involvement.
More news as we get it.